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The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.

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Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist, and humanitarian.

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